I was at an antique mall this past weekend. The Boatress was looking at small desert plates and I was talking to the owner of the mall that i have known for some time. He commented that we had not been in a while, and what was I collecting now.. I have had the bug since birth I suppose. Corgi Toys, Aurora HO cars.. Hot Wheels, Slot Cars…. Cars…. Porsches..Houses..3 at a time, restoring a home is actually fun and 5 years ago, not a bad gig to be in..I found myself talking about the Golden Pond Boats… And my pal said.. dear god Matt, you are collecting boats… And boats that don’t go in the water! Dear God.. It hit me.. I was collecting boats as art, not as boats. That is insane, they are boats, designed to be in water.. Yes yes, I will use them.. But the debate as art vs usable water craft is going to be a debate for years. After all if you want to go fishing, anything will do. If one considers..as i do, that art is “the experience of the emotion that an object creates” than a classic boat does that in spades. I could park Thayer IV at the end of a nice big room and call it a sculpture. Dirt, and flaking varnish un touched. It evokes an emotion for sure. Yes i know I could do the same with a ball of chewing gum.. But this is real.. Thayer IV really, honestly no longer has use as a boat.. It is art. It’s iconic.. In fact quite possibly the most iconic classic boat out there. Chris Smith claims the U-22 to be his favorite Chris- Craft ever.. Chris Crafts are arguably the most iconic American boat made.. And because of the film On Golden Pond, Thayer IV is the most well known Classic Boat of all time.. Is it insane to call this boat art? Has U22-1460 crossed over into that world.. Right now on the Trading Dock is such an example.. A frozen in time Barrel Back. In Original un touched condition.. It can’t be restored because it will loose its story. And it can’t be used.. It’s art. Pure and simple. So the question is….. Is art meant to be appreciated in a gallery, or just looked at? Or used and is it just really about the evocation of an emotion, and if that is the case. Than using the boat, is a way to appreciate art. And thus is the right thing.. Maybe it’s performance art… OK my head hurts now.. I am just going to walk around the boat house in circles now, mumbling while Nurse Ratchet feeds me pills and plays soft music….